How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?

No matter how much free time you have this weekend, we have TV recommendations for you. Come back every week for new suggestions on what to watch.

This Weekend I Have … a Half-Hour, and I’m an Early Adopter

‘Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents: Jaboukie Young-White
When to watch: Friday at 11 p.m., on Comedy Central.

This is the first stand-up special from the comedian Jaboukie Young-White, but you might already recognize him from “The Daily Show,” his late-night appearances or his Twitter presence. The set is breezy and assured, youthful and offbeat. Young-White is also part of the mini-trend of multimedia comedy — see also: Hasan Minhaj and Julio Torres — and the highlight of the set is his silly slide show about the sexuality of various insect species. (Wasps, straight; bees, gay.)

… an Hour, and I Want Something Robust

When to watch: Sunday at 9:30 p.m., on Starz.

The story of former First Lt. Clint Lorance is a complicated one. He is currently serving a 19-year sentence in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., for ordering a shooting while deployed in Afghanistan. Lorance and his supporters say he did nothing wrong; many others, including members of his platoon, disagree. Like all tales of war and justice, this five-part documentary has competing narratives, and it teases out some of those perspectives in engrossing and troubling ways. If you liked Season 2 of “Serial,” watch this.

… a Few Hours, and Should I Get a New Sofa?

‘Interior Design Masters’
When to watch: Season 1 arrives Friday, on Netflix.

I remain astounded that American television can’t find a consistent reality contest show based on design and décor, but this British import gets the job done in the meantime. Eight designers face off in challenges that include designing hotel rooms, dorms, restaurants, shops, salons and model homes, and their work is genuinely impressive. Sometimes you want big, powerful dramas, but sometimes you just want to watch something where the worst thing that can happen is that a space be insufficiently “lounge-y.”

Margaret Lyons is a television critic. She previously spent five years as a writer and TV columnist for She helped launch Time Out Chicago and later wrote for Entertainment Weekly, among other publications. @margeincharge

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